February 16, 2006

In Which I Coo Sympathetically

Well, I daresay this isn't the first time one of my tunes has wound up on a Valentine's Day mix/playlist, but it may well be the first time that such a list has wound up in the Village Voice.

It's #7, the alternate version of "Sackcloth and Ashes" from the Women Who Love Them re-issue comp. And from the description, I learn that I have a "beached-Ramone popcore bleat." Sounds about right to me.

Anyhow, here's to Tom and Bridget. And many happy returns.

Posted by Dr. Frank at February 16, 2006 09:34 PM | TrackBack

I'm pretty sure every love compliation I have ever made has included Our Love Will Last Forever and Ever. Of course, the love has always ceased lasting before forever and ever.

Posted by: courtney at February 16, 2006 11:01 PM

Ain't that the truth...

Posted by: Dr. Frank at February 16, 2006 11:13 PM

Congrats, Frank! That is a genuinely great song, one measure of which being that it can shine in a rougher, pared-down demo version and in a filled-out, rockinger album version too (which it does).

You could also take some pride in the fact that "I Feel Love" makes the 2nd-10 list (yes, the Donna Summer version, but I think the MTX cover is also a likable bit of Berkeley pop-punk bash and...umm...moan?)

Posted by: Nick at February 17, 2006 12:19 AM

What?! No Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba?!

Posted by: David Cummings at February 17, 2006 01:39 AM

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Posted by: Luther at February 17, 2006 02:27 AM

I think you wandered into the wrong comments box by mistake, Luther.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at February 17, 2006 02:57 AM

I'm going to wander into the wrong comments box on purpose for a second. This is a trivial question, but I am curious.. Why is it that on Amazon.com I can choose to either order your book for $11.53 or order the same thing (hardcover, not audio) for $18.99?

Posted by: courtney at February 17, 2006 09:43 AM

Congratulations, you're a Classic.

For a Valentine's Day song, "She" seems like kind of a bitch.

Posted by: josh at February 17, 2006 01:17 PM

I can think of several more romantic songs of yours than "Sackcloth and Ashes". I wonder what the reason was for picking that particular song?

My facorite is: "I Believe In You".

Posted by: Zaphod at February 17, 2006 01:19 PM

I wish we could edit our typos. Even if that meant registering somewhere......

Posted by: Zaphod at February 17, 2006 01:20 PM

courtney, to further derail the topic, I wondered about that as well. My conclusion, fairly unsupported, was that the pricier book was a "library" edition, possibly with a sturdier spine and/or with the cover design printed straight to the hardcover rather than with a slipcover.

From what I could tell, that's what the ending X in the ISBN designates.

Posted by: Dave Bug at February 17, 2006 02:32 PM

Courtney, I think the higher price is for the "library binding" which is apparently heavier and more public-proof than the plain old hardcover.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at February 17, 2006 02:34 PM

Oops, Dave beat me to it. He's right about the "x" I'm pretty sure.

Posted by: Dr. Frank at February 17, 2006 02:35 PM

"library binding"! ha! "library tape" is twice as expensive as comparable acid-free tape, and "library book ends" are five times as expensive. i tell you, it's a pretty good racket.

mtx songs for romance? hmm... i tend to think of them more in moments of personal failure or frustration.

Posted by: kendra at February 17, 2006 07:47 PM

I have to admit that "Sackcloth and Ashes" is probably my favorite MTX song, next to Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba (that whole Love is Dead LP is just remarkable). It also has the distinction of being the first MTX song I ever really listened to, and my reaction was like, "Wow." I had seen the video for "And I Will Be With You" on MTV2 (yeah yeah I know) and it made me go out and buy Revenge Is Sweet....they didn't have it at my local record store, but the guy at the store said that the one LP they did have (Love is Dead) was even better. I think he was right, even though both albums are great.

Posted by: David Cummings at February 18, 2006 03:51 PM

D.C., I've always thought of (Ba)^5 as more of a "we're alive, for better or worse!" kind of rave-up than a love song, but that's just me.

Posted by: Eric at February 20, 2006 12:21 AM

You are probably right.

Posted by: David Cummings at February 20, 2006 12:52 AM